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STORIES IN A NUTSHELL – THE MONKEY AND THE PEA

The Monkey And The Pea

A Tale From India

The King of Benares was out on a hunting trip with his wise counsellor. They stopped to feed their horses some peas. Suddenly a young monkey darted down a tree and scooped a huge handful of peas out of the feeding trough. Halfway back up the tree one pea fell from the monkey’s furry hands and, in a desperate attempt to catch it, the monkey dropped all the peas he was carrying.

The peas scattered on the ground and the horses ate them. The monkey climbed back up the tree empty-handed and sat sadly on a branch. The King and his wise counsellor watched this episode with amusement. The counsellor chuckled, “Great King, when far too greedy you be, remember that monkey and the pea.”